Friday, September 19, 2008

Who is the teacher?

My favorite moments with my kids are when God gives me the opportunity to have a teachable moment when we are not "doing school". I had three such moments yesterday! Incredible.
~The first...

At breakfast the boys began a conversation about estimation. On their own. They asked if we could have an estimation contest with our dish of candy corn. We all wrote down our answers and counted the candy corn. They got practice counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s. My youngest son won the contest! (My husband's guess was the worst...he must have missed the lesson on estimation!)

~The second...
We decided to go to the playground before bedtime last night. The boys wanted to tell their Daddy about our current topic in science: the food web. The were using words like herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. They decided to look for animals at the playground and figure out which type of "eater" they were.

~The third...

We read A Pair of Red Clogs yesterday for our "read and bake" activity. It is a wonderful story set in Japan. Because we already have geography and history I did not have the time to dig into the wonderful country of Japan. But we decided together to go and eat at a Japanese restaurant hibachi style instead of having a cooking project. The boys have never eaten Japanese. We chose a new restaurant (due to their early bird special), and it just so happened to be filled with pictures that sparked many wonderful conversations. The boys learned about kimonos, sumo wrestlers, samarai warriors and Japan's location on a map. They also LOVED the chef and his tricks.
Found this quote from Ann's blog. It is an inspiration.
"A family is a mobile.
A mobile is a moving changing collection of objects
constantly in motion,
yet within the framework of a form.
A family is an art form.
People need to experience the beauty
of being part of a mobile art form...
If human relationships are to be beautiful on a wider form,
in church and state,
the individual families making up a society
have to be really worked on by someone who understands
that artists have to work to produce their art.""
~Edith Schaeffer
Thankful for the time to "experience the beauty"!

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Thanks for sharing that incredible quote! It is a perfect example of how a famiy should be.